Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall

Tomorrow is the first day of the Fall season...
the leaves are starting to change (in most places),
the little squirrels are out gathering their winter meals,
the temperatures are starting to drop...

 
Fall colors in EE...

and squirrels with crazy ears!!

 
This year,
you will watch the leaves change outside your window,
you might catch a glimps of a little bushy tail scampering up a tree,
 and you are bundled in shared tights and onsies...




I promise, next year...
we will find leaves to jump in,
we will make squeaky noises at the squirrels while walking outside,
and we will snuggle together in cozy new sweats that only belong to you...


Next year...


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sombreros, Lampshades and Horses

    Saturday was successful in so many ways...  The Yard Sale went off without a hitch. The weather was perfect, the crowd was steady and the cash was flowing!  Prayers for a great day were answered!!  My friends and family were AMAZINGLY helpful... 90% of the items were SOLD!!!  And the drop off of leftovers to Goodwill was one quick trip!  Yep, success!


   Friends lent the use of their garage and driveway, which was great, and the use of themselves, also great!  Both super helpful and super entertaining…



dan front…who would have thought that displaying items in such unique ways would get them sold. 


  

     My family was also super helpful, after baking for days to sell goodies, making baskets full of bracelets, making multiple trips to load and unload items, they also spent the morning selling and sharing about Little Bear to anyone and EVERYONE!!                                          

kyle one
                        And, remember those youth 

                          that you’ve heard me talk 

                                    about before? 

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        Yeah?




            

Well, they were at it again…selling, selling, selling, wandering the neighborhood to bring in more customers and then selling some more.
   There was even a little friendly competition which involved a lovely Sombrero and lunch...yes, craziness is included when these kids are around to help out!   But there was a winner and L is a pretty great beneficiary of said winnings.
    On top of the greatness of being able to share L's story and stories of orphans around the world, I got to share with a visitor who has horses and was also very interested in the world of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.  This Mama may have finally found a barn to spend her free time at.  (I know what you're thinking...free time?) Anyway, it was an all around EXTREMELY rewarding Saturday in September.
   












Wednesday, September 12, 2012

APPROVED!!!!!

What an absolutely WONDERFUL Tuesday!!! 
 
I ran home to let the dog out at lunch and check the mail (which is a slight obsession at this point. Always waiting for something special to arrive in that little silver box!)  And...low and behold...today there was something VERY special!!
 
This beautiful.piece.of.paper.
 

What is so special about this paper?  Well, I'm so glad you asked, let me tell you! 

This piece of paper is my USCIS approval for advance processing of an orphan. 
(Now it's all clear right!?) Really, what approval means is that the
United States Citizen and Immigration Service
finds that I am suitable as an adoptive parent! Approval means that the US will allow Little Bear to be raised by me, in my home, in the USA, as an American Citizen!!  Wow!! 
Approval means freedom to one tiny little girl currently sitting in an orphanage on the other side of the world. 

 
These are probably going to be my favorite words for the rest of the week!
(if not longer!)




Sunday, September 2, 2012

Yard Sale!!!

yard sale flyer

Time to clean out those closets, empty out those old boxes, gather the items hiding under the bed and donate to a...
Yard Sale for Little Bear!! 
Or, if you’re looking for that perfect find, come shop on
Saturday, September 15th. 
Lots of fun items have already been gathered.  PLUS you can enjoy a treat from the bake sale and a cold lemonade (or tea) while you shop.  One of a kind arts and crafts also available!! 
Don’t miss it!!!

What a difference a year makes

It has been one entire year from the day I sat in that little room in an orphanage, waiting to meet the most perfect little girl. One year ...